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There’s a new Apple phishing scam circling around – here’s how to spot it

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Phishing emails are one of the oldest internet scams in the book, but that doesn’t stop people from trying. Phishing emails act like a legitimate contact, like your bank or an online subscription, but if you click on the attached links, you will go to a fake site that will ask you to hand over your sensitive information.

The latest scam that has been brought to light falsely claims to be an Apple receipt for a subscription you never purchased, leading you to believe there is malicious activity on your account.

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The email informs users that they purchased a one-month trial, and will be charged at the end of the month. Some emails say that users bought YouTube Red while others are for a Sleep Cycle Premium. The most prominent red flag is that the subscriptions cost $145 per month, which is false. This malicious activity will lead users to click on the “cancel subscription” link and will be directed to a scam page asking for the users Apple ID, password, credit card, and other sensitive information.

If you ever suspect that you have been sent a scam email, never click on the links. Check your purchases on your phone or another device via the provider’s website, those being YouTube, Netflix, etc.

If you do land on a phishing email, Apple asks that you forward fake emails to so they can follow the right course of action.

Have you seen this latest phishing scam in the wild yet? If so, let us know in the comments below! 

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